MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The unofficial primary election vote totals in Berkeley County that were released Tuesday night have changed significantly after a computer glitch was discovered, but the correction did not change the outcome for winning candidates, according to Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr.
Small said Thursday that early votes cast prior to election day were mistakenly added twice to the totals that were released on Tuesday night because of difficulty in tabulating one particular precinct.
Berkeley County was one of five or six counties in the state that apparently experienced the problem, Small said.
After the correction was made, Berkeley County's turnout for the election dropped to 11.9 percent and in the Republican Party's primary, Elaine Mauck of Martinsburg moved past incumbent Ronald K. Collins in the Berkeley County Council (formerly County Commission) race to finish fourth among seven candidates, according to the revised unofficial results.
Collins' bid for a second term was denied by Doug Copenhaver Jr. and Dan Dulyea, who both finished ahead of the incumbent in a three-way race to advance to the general election in the Valley magisterial district.